I have been standing vigil with a family at the bedside of their mother/grandmother. She long ago lost her mind to Alzheimer's and now has had no sustenance since last Wednesday (9 days ago). Three times now the family has been called in for her imminent departure only for everyone to finally straggle home, tired and drained, wondering what - if anything - she is waiting for. Last night I was with them from about 10pm until 5am.
If you have been involved in these things then you know things can swing from gravely serious to almost giddy as family members share stories and ease the tension by laughing at silly things.
Last night we laughed the hardest when one of the sons read out loud the pitching matchup for today's Yankees vs. Red Sox game:
Wang vs. Johnson (insert immature Beavis and Butthead laughter here)